DALLAS, July 31 (UPI) — A Dallas couple were arrested for allegedly leaving their four young children in a steaming-hot vehicle Sunday while they donated plasma, authorities said.
The children, ages 2 months, 15 months, 3 years and 5 years, were taken to a Dallas hospital and later placed with Child Protective Services, Dallas’ WFAA-TV reported.
Arrested were Natasha Hamalian, 22, and Nicholas Madison, 24, both of Dallas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Dallas police reports said the pair were arrested on suspicion of abandoning/endangering a child, the newspaper said.
Temperatures were hovering around 100 degrees when authorities were summoned about 12:30 p.m.
WFAA-TV reported Good Samaritans first spotted the children in the vehicle and called for help.
“The witnesses that actually opened up the door and got the kiddos out of the car, they knew that they had called the police, so I think they felt safe,” Dallas police Sgt. Charles Young said.
Authorities estimated the children had been inside the sport utility vehicle for at least 2 hours, the TV station said.
“They were just giving them IV because they were severely dehydrated,” witness Brandon Finley said. “The way they was looking, they was pretty bad.”
As it turned out, Young said, it was “a positive outcome.”
“This could have been much, much, much worse,” he said.